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  1. Egyptian soldiers in an armored vehicle in the northern Sinai, May 2013. CAIRO: Armed militants killed at least six Egyptian soldiers at a military post in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said, in an attack later claimed by Islamic State. Attacks targeting security forces have been common since Egypt?s president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. The Egyptian army said in a statement earlier on Friday six soldiers were killed when ?armed terrorists? attacked a checkpoint in Arish city with grenades and firearms. Daesh said in a statement released by the group?s official news agency Amaq later on Friday that at least 14 ?apostates? were killed, including one policeman. The group also said tens were injured in the attack. Egypt is fighting an insurgency against militants affiliated with Daesh in the Sinai Peninsula where hundreds of security forces have been killed since Mursi?s ouster.
  2. LONDON: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could be out of action for up to six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty, the club said on Tuesday. A statement on the club's website said he was substituted just before the end of Senegal´s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday. "It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks," the statement said. Mane's absence is a huge blow for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after the forward scored three goals in four Premier League appearances this season. The injury is especially badly timed for Klopp with Liverpool's bitter rivals Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool are already seven points behind United in the Premier League and can´t afford to drop points against Jose Mourinho´s in-form United. Sane's value to Liverpool has been immense since his move from Southampton in 2016, but he has struggled to stay fit. He scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January due to the Africa Cup of Nations. Liverpool won just once in seven matches in all competitions during his time away with Senegal. Mane tore the meniscus in a knee during April's Merseyside derby against Everton which prematurely ended his season and required surgery. They coped better that time, with five wins, two draws and a defeat. Having worked hard to get back to fitness this term, Mane was sent off at Manchester City on September 9, resulting in a three-match ban. Since his debut in August 2016 Liverpool average 2.2 Premier League goals with Mane in the team, compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Klopp has signed Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain since the end of last season to add more depth to his attacking options. Egypt winger Salah has scored six in 11 games this season, making him the club´s leading scorer, but former Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain has been less impressive so far.
  3. A Colombian soldier inspects a coca plant at a 20 hectare plantation found by the army/File photo BOGOTA: At least six farmers protesting the removal of coca crops, the base ingredient in cocaine, were killed during a confrontation in rural southwestern Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Friday. Santos ordered further investigation into the event, which took place on Thursday and also injured 19 people. The incident occurred in Narino province, near Tumaco, a key zone for coca growing. Reports on how exactly the six people died were contradictory. The defense ministry said on Thursday that a dissident group of ex-fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group forced farmers to protest against police who were removing coca crops. The dissidents then fired on the officers and launched home-made missiles, hitting the farmers, the ministry said. But regional farmers? organizations accused the police and army of firing at the civilians to break up the protest and clear the way for the manual eradication of the crops. The majority of FARC fighters demobilized under a peace deal signed last year, but some dissident units remain involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining. The FARC, now a political party, has distanced itself from the dissidents. ?We are verifying the exact way in which things occurred,? Santos said during a press conference. ?We are investigating, I don?t want to tie myself to any version of events until these investigations give us total clarity about what happened.? The events underlined the significant challenge that the drug trade represents to the peace process with the FARC, the head of the United Nations? mission in Colombia said. ?The events reinforce our conviction at the United Nations of the necessity of giving coca farmers in affected regions all the means to escape the terrible choice between extreme poverty and illegality,? mission chief Jean Arnault told journalists. Subsistence farmers have often been obliged by rebel groups, paramilitaries and crime gangs to plant and harvest coca. Some also choose to grow the crop because illegal groups will pay more for it than farmers can earn at market with other products - a tempting possibility amid dire poverty. Coca cultivation reached levels not seen for a decade last year after the government banned aerial fumigation with glyphosate, an herbicide that has been linked to cancer. The prohibition has sparked criticism from the United States, which is set to give the Andean country more than $400 million in funding help for the FARC deal. Coca is cultivated on about 188,000 hectares (464,000 acres) across Colombia. The government wants to manually eradicate 100,000 hectares this year.
  4. Danushka Gunathilaka COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket Thursday slapped a six-match ban on allrounder Danushka Gunathilaka for "misconduct" during the recent series against India which the islanders lost 9-0. The cricket board had ordered an investigation last month following a complaint from team manager Asanka Gurusinghe against the 26-year-old player. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Gunathilaka was also fined 20 percent of his annual contract fee for violating the board´s constitution as well as the terms of his contract. "The charges relate to misconduct and behaving in a manner unbecoming of a player, and the breach of several clauses of his contract which relate to fitness and discipline," an SLC official told AFP. Malinga left out of Sri Lanka squad for Pakistan ODIs Sri Lanka will also be without former captain Angelo Mathews, who is injured An SLC statement said Gunathilaka pleaded guilty to the charges without spelling out what exactly they were. Sri Lanka suffered the embarrassment of losing all nine international matches in their home campaign against India. Virat Kohli´s visitors took the Test series 3-0 and then won a one-day international series 5-0 before triumphing in the lone Twenty20 international by seven wickets in Colombo earlier last month. Gunathilaka has also been dropped from the squad for a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE. Gunathilaka, who made his international debut in 2015, averages 42.41 in 12 ODI matches he played this year.
  5. COX?S BAZAR: Humanitarian organisations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, most of them children, in dire need of life-saving assistance. There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, more than half a million of whom have arrived since Aug. 25 to join 300,000 Rohingya who are already there. ?The Rohingya population in Cox?s Bazar is highly vulnerable, many having experienced severe trauma, and are now living in extremely difficult conditions,? Robert Watkins, U.N. resident coordinator in Bangladesh, said in a statement, referring to the area where most Rohingya are living. Bangladesh and humanitarian organizations are struggling to help the 509,000 Rohingya who have arrived since attacks by Rohingya militants in August triggered a Myanmar military offensive that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects accusations of ethnic cleansing. It says its forces are fighting insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) who claimed responsibility for attacks on about 30 police posts and an army camp on Aug 25. The insurgents were also behind similar but smaller attacks in October last year that led to a brutal Myanmar army response triggering the flight of 87,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. The aid agencies? plan factors in the possibility of another 91,000 refugees arriving, as the influx continues, Watkins said. ?The plan targets 1.2 million people, including all Rohingya refugees, and 300,000 Bangladeshi host communities over the next six months,? he said. Aid groups seek $434 million for Rohingya crisis for next six months. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism for not doing more to stop the violence, although she has no power over the security forces under a military-drafted constitution. She has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed with Bangladesh in 1993 under which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back. But many Rohingya are pessimistic about their chances of going home, partly because few have official papers confirming their residency. Most are also wary about returning without an assurance of citizenship, which they fear could leave them vulnerable to the persecution and discrimination they have endured for years. Human Rights Watch said it had found evidence that the Myanmar military had summarily executed dozens of Rohingya in a village called Maung Nu in Rakhine state, on Aug. 27, two days after the insurgent attacks triggered the violence. The rights group said it had spoken to 14 survivors and witnesses who were now refugees in Bangladesh. They described how soldiers entered a compound where people had gathered in fear of military retaliation. ?They took several dozen Rohingya men and boys into the courtyard and then shot or stabbed them to death. Others were killed as they tried to flee,? said the rights group, which has accused Myanmar of crimes against humanity. Spokesmen for the government, the military and police did not answer their telephones and were not available for comment. Wednesday is a holiday in Myanmar. Reuters was not able to independently verify the report. The U.N. committees for women?s and children?s rights called on Myanmar to immediately stop violence in Rakhine State, saying violations ?being committed at the behest of the military and other security forces? may amount to crimes against humanity. The United States and Britain have warned that the crisis risked derailing Myanmar?s progress in its transition to democracy after decades of military rule. The World Bank said it could hit foreign investment, though it did not factor the violence into its latest forecast for Myanmar?s growth, which it cut by 0.5 percentage points for both 2017 and 2018, to 6.4 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively. The bank said businesses appeared to have delayed investment as they awaited a clearer government economic agenda.
  6. WASHINGTON: In the first two months after a June Supreme Court ruling allowed partial implementation of President Donald Trump?s travel ban, visas issued on average each month to citizens of six countries targeted by the order were 18 percent lower compared to the month prior to the ban, a Reuters analysis of government data shows. The 3,268 visas issued in July and 3,884 visas issued in August to citizens of the six majority-Muslim countries were down from 4,351 issued in June. The July figure was lower than the monthly average at any point since 2007, when an average of 3,080 visas per month were issued to those countries. The lower July and August numbers were especially noteworthy, immigration attorneys say, because a larger number of visas are typically issued in the summer months, as foreign students prepare to arrive in the United States for the fall semester. ?We are processing visa applications for nationals of the six affected countries as directed by the Executive Order and to the extent permitted by court decisions,? a State Department official said on condition of anonymity when asked about the lower numbers. The decline comes on top of already plummeting figures for U.S. visas issued to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen after Trump issued an executive order in late January halting entry of travelers from those countries for 90 days. That order, and a more limited form of the ban issued in March, were hamstrung by months of legal challenges until the Supreme Court approved a limited version in June. But in the interim, the State Department issued far fewer visas to travelers from those six countries compared to the number issued in 2016 under the administration of President Barack Obama. On Sunday, Trump issued a third version of the ban, which indefinitely restricts travelers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. Certain government officials from Venezuela will also be barred. From March through June, a period when Trump?s order was mostly blocked by the courts, citizens of the six countries were issued an average of 3,929 visas monthly, 42 percent fewer than the 2016 monthly average of 6,799, according to State Department data. After the Supreme Court ruling, that monthly average was 47 percent lower than in 2016. Trump?s initial travel ban, which barred citizens of the six countries as well as Iraq, sparked chaos and protests at airports around the United States. Issued with little forewarning, the order?s scope was unclear and sowed confusion among travelers as well as authorities responsible for implementing it. Courts quickly enjoined the main parts of the order. Trump eventually issued a new order that excluded Iraq and delayed its enactment to allow the administration and travelers time to prepare. But that order, too, was soon blocked by courts. The case eventually reached the Supreme Court, which allowed a limited version of the ban affecting only those citizens of the six countries lacking ?bona fide? ties to the United States. After Trump issued the revised ban on Sunday, the Supreme Court canceled oral arguments scheduled for Oct. 10 to decide whether or not the earlier version of the ban was discriminatory. Even as sharply fewer visas were being issued, the president often complained on social media and in speeches about limits imposed by U.S. courts on the two executive orders establishing the travel ban. ?The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!? Trump tweeted on Sept. 15. ?CHILLING EFFECT? Because the State Department only releases data on how many visas are issued and not total application numbers, it is unclear if the drop is due to fewer people applying, or because the administration is denying more applications. In addition, a month-by-month comparison with prior years is not possible because the State Department released only annual numbers ? not monthly data - until March of this year. Stephen Pattison, a former U.S. consular official and now an immigration attorney, said he suspects that the huge drop in visas issued is due to fewer people applying rather than higher rejection rates. ?Quantifying the chilling effect of the Trump administration?s policies on the international public is hard to do, but I think that?s the biggest impact of what this administration has done,? Pattison said. ?This atmosphere is causing bona fide, legitimate travelers to think twice about coming to the United States.? Michael Boos, general counsel for the conservative nonprofit Citizens United, which filed a brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Trump administration in the travel ban case, said the figures show the ban is having its intended effect. ?Clearly the purpose of the temporary ban was to reduce the number of visas that would be issued to persons from the affected countries, so it?s not surprising that...when the court reinstated the ban, the number of visas would have dramatically diminished,? Boos said. ?If people are deterred from seeking admission to the United States because they?re going to go through a vetting process that?s real and substantial, then maybe they shouldn?t be coming here in the first place.?
  7. A view of Upper Dir. Photo: Native Pakistan UPPER DIR: Six children were killed when a fire engulfed a house in Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday morning. Police said that Hamesh Gul had lit a fire inside the house, situated in Babozi area of Dogg Darah village, so those inside could stay warm. However, the fire spread and engulfed the structure, killing six children. The deceased were aged between three to 12, police informed further.
  8. LONDON: Six people were believed to have been injured on Saturday after a group of males reportedly sprayed a noxious substance in an area around a large shopping centre in east London, police said. The incident near the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford was not being treated as terror-related, a police spokesman said. ?A number of people have been reported injured at different locations - believed to be six people. We await further details,? London?s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. One male was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, the statement said.
  9. RAWALPINDI: The death toll from Indian firing across the Line of Control on Thursday has risen to six, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday. The six civilians who were martyred include four women whereas a total of 26 people, including 15 women and five children, were injured along the Working Boundary in Charwah and Harpal sectors. ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor shared on Friday morning a picture of the injured being treated: On Thursday evening, four citizens, including two women, were reported martyred in the incident. "Pakistan Rangers Punjab befittingly responded on posts targeting civil population," said the ISPR. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also strongly condemned the incident and expressed deep grief and condolences with the bereaved families.
  10. As Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi makes his maiden speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, here's a look at the speeches of Pakistani dignitaries to the world body in the last six years and the events that surrounded them. Sept 21, 2016: The address of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ? which prematurely turned out to be his last following his disqualification by the Supreme Court this year ? to the UNGA's 71st session came in the backdrop of the killing of iconic Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir in July that year. The incident sparked a wave of protests which were eventually seen as another indigenous uprising against the brutal Indian state. Addressing the world body, Sharif stated that Pakistan desires peace with India but it is "not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue". "Burhan Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces has emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement lead by Kashmiris, young and old, men and women, armed only with an undying faith and the legitimacy of their cause and the hunger for freedom in their hearts. This indigenous uprising of the Kashmiris has been met, as usual, with brutal repression by India's occupation force of over half a million soldiers," implored Sharif. Sept 30, 2015: Pakistan's deteriorating ties with India and a way forward were the focus of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif's address at the UN General Assembly's 70th session. Outlining measures to diffuse tension between the two countries, he proposed formalising the 2003 ceasefire agreement and expanding the role of the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan, urged both countries to refrain from the use of force, suggested steps to demilitarise Kashmir and called for an unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier ? the world?s highest battleground. He also highlighted the suffering of Muslims across the world, deplore the deadlock in the Afghan reconciliation process and appreciated "China?s proactive role in promoting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and our region". Sept 27, 2014: Nawaz Sharif's address at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly was preceded by India's decision to cancel the much-trumpeted foreign-secretary level talks between the two countries. New Delhi had said the move was a result of Pakistan's decision to invite Hurriyet leaders to its High Commission for consultation prior to the talks. It was in this regard that Sharif, despite words of caution from India regarding raising the Kashmir issue in the global arena, said, ?We were disappointed at the cancellation of the foreign secretary-level talks. The world community, too, rightly saw it as another missed opportunity?. ?We have a choice today: continue with the status quo or to seize the moment to resolve all outstanding issues and free up our shared energies for cooperation,? he said. Sharif also shed light on the country's relations with Afghanistan and need for action against terrorists on the other side of the border. Sept 27, 2013: Making his first speech at the UN after becoming premier for a record third time, Nawaz Sharif set a positive tone with regards to relations with India by saying he was looking forward to meeting his Indian counterpart to ?make a new beginning? in their relationship. ?Our two countries have wasted massive resources in an arms race,? the premier told the UN General Assembly. ?We could have used those resources for the economic well-being of our people,? he said, adding that, ?We still have that opportunity. Pakistan and India can prosper together; and the entire region would benefit from our cooperation?. He also urged the US to halt drones attacks in Pakistan, condemned but also called for exploring dialogue to end terrorism, urged an end to stereotyping of Muslims as extremists and terrorists, condemned the twin suicide bombing at All Saints Church in Peshawar which killed over 80 people, reaffirmed Pakistan?s commitment to a stable Afghanistan, reiterated resolution of the Kashmir issue in light of UN resolutions, welcomed resumption of the Middle Peace process and supported the US-Russia agreement on Syria. Outlining his policy after assuming office, Sharif said, ?In the immediate future, our challenge is to overcome a volatile security environment, correct structural imbalances in the economy and bring an end to energy shortages?. Sept 26, 2012: In his last address to the world body as president, Asif Ali Zardari, speaking next to a photograph of his late wife and two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, called on the world to stop asking Pakistan to "do more". ?To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility: Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living. Do not ask of my people what no one has ever asked of any other peoples,? he said. He also condemned the recent incidents of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) as well as US drone strikes in Pakistan. Zardari also criticised the world leaders for 'rolling out red carpets for dictators' and blamed them for suffocating democracy in the country. Highlighting Pakistan's role in the war on terror, he said, ?We have lost over 7,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen, and over 37,000 civilians,? adding, ?And I need not remind my friends here today, that I bear a personal scar.? Sept 27, 2011: In her first and only speech at the UN General Assembly, Pakistan's then foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar offered India to come to the table for the resolution of all disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir, through a ?dialogue process?. Khar, who was appointed foreign minister just two months before, also reiterated Islamabad?s desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan. The foreign minister said Pakistan wanted an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned ?inclusive process of reconciliation and peace? in Afghanistan. ?We want to see Afghanistan as a united, independent and sovereign state. We urge all concerned to join the reconciliation process. We also call for a de-escalation and cessation of violence.? She also called for the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan to work together on resolving the Afghan conflict to attain durable peace in the war-torn country and urged the US to refrain from a hasty exit. Compiled by Bilal Abbas
  11. FIFA suspended Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick from the sport for six years on Tuesday after he was found guilty of several ethics violations. Derrick becomes the latest in a long line of football executives sanctioned by FIFA's ethics committee, which has thrown dozens of people out of the sport over graft. In a statement, FIFA said the case centred on "alleged conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty". A native of Antigua and Barbuda, Derrick was also fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($31,154). Derrick had last year sought to take charge of the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) -- after the two previous chiefs were brought down by their own corruption scandals. But Derrick was barred from running in the CONCACAF vote after failing a background check by FIFA's compliance committee.
  12. KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb in Afghanistan?s southern province of Kandahar killed at least six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device, officials said on Monday. ?It was a bomb which had recently been planted by the Taliban to target Afghan forces but a civilian car went through it,? said Fazel Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, adding: ?All the people killed in the car were young people from the area.? The incident highlights the threat from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) such as roadside bombs, one of the deadliest threats to civilians in Afghanistan. In the first half of the year, according to United Nations figures, 252 civilians were killed and 295 injured by pressure plate devices that typically explode when hit by a vehicle.
  13. KARACHI: Law Enforcement Agency's personnel took into custody on Saturday six people from Karachi?s Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The LEAs are investigating the attack on Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan?s Khawaja Izhar, under which important suspects have been arrested in raids so far. The suspects were detained during an overnight raid. According to sources, there has been no further information regarding the suspects? political affiliation or identities. All the suspects have been shifted to an unknown place for investigation. Earlier, law enforcement authorities identified one of two attackers who carried out an assassination attempt on the life of Izharul Hassan in Karachi's Buffer Zone area. Two killed as MQM's Izharul Hassan survives assassination attempt At least five, including two security guards of the MQM-P leaders, wounded by gunshots Sources in the CTD told Geo News that the deceased assailant has been identified as Hassaan, an engineer and a resident of the Sohrab Goth area. Sources said Hassaan had recently gotten into a brawl with workers of a political party over a dispute involving extortion money. On Sept 2, Khawaja Izhar survived an assassination attempt s he was leaving a mosque after offering Eid-ul-Azha prayers. A child, as well as one of Hassan's security guards, succumbed to their wounds, Deputy Inspector General Police (DIGP)-West Zulfiqar Ali Larik had said after the attack.
  14. Ben Stokes walks off after his career-best six-wicket haul, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Lord's, September 7, 2017/Getty Images LONDON: West Indies staged a spirited fightback against England after being skittled for 123 as batsmen suffered a torrid opening day of the series-deciding third Test at Lord´s on Thursday. All-rounder Ben Stokes stole team mate James Anderson´s thunder by taking a career-best six for 22 in a devastating spell of swing bowling either side of tea as West Indies lost their last eight wickets for 45 runs. England found the conditions just as treacherous though and when play ended they had slumped to 46-4 in reply with skipper Jason Holder and Kemar Roach taking two wickets apiece to leave England trailing by 77 runs. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat under grey skies and it was Anderson who took two early wickets to take his career test haul to 499 -- one shy of becoming only the sixth bowler to reach the 500 milestone in Test cricket. Shai Hope, a double centurion in the second Test won by West Indies at Headingley, shared a 56-run partnership with Kieran Powell, but once Hope went for 29 and Stokes took a brilliant caught-and-bowled to remove Powell the visitors crumbled. Joe Root fell cheaply as England slumped to 24 for 4, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Lord's, September 7, 2017/Getty Images West Indies´ chances of an unlikely first Test series win in England for 29 years looked to have faded in the London gloom that meant the Lord´s floodlights were on for most of the day. But they struck back superbly with Roach removing opening duo Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook for one and 10 respectively before Holder snared Tom Westley lbw for eight before grabbing the key wicket of England skipper Joe Root for one.
  15. File Photo KARACHI: At least six people died and 13 were injured during various traffic accidents in different cities around the country late Sunday night, Geo News reported. In Karachi, two cars collided in Baldia Town's Mowach Goth area last night, rescue officials told Geo News, adding that two people ? including a woman ? lost their lives in the accident. Van smashes into tree A speeding van smashed into a tree on the roadside on Tando Bago Road in Badin, Sindh, resulting in the death of four people, while 12 were left injured, police sources said late Sunday night. Two of the wounded were moved to Hyderabad in critical condition, police said, adding that all the passengers in the van were heading home after attending a wedding. Car slams into policeman A vehicle slammed into a police officer stationed at Kandhkot's Manjhi check-post Sunday night, Geo News reported. The policeman, who was wounded in the incident, was immediately moved to a nearby hospital, police informed.
  16. HOUSTON: Police in Houston said Wednesday they have recovered the bodies of six family members whose van was swept away in flooding unleashed by Harvey over the weekend. Manuel and Belia Saldivar and four of their great-grandchildren ranging from six to 16 years in age went missing Sunday as they were attempting to escape from rising waters. Their relatives returned to the scene of the tragedy Wednesday as floodwaters subsided and alerted police that the van was now visible, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "We were able to retrieve the van, pull it out of the water," he said. "We have a total confirmed six dead here at the scene inside this van." "Our worst fears have been realised," he said. The white van became stuck in muddy water in a wooded area Sunday morning and started floating away in the current, according to accounts by police and Rick Saldivar, whose brother Sammy was driving it at the time. Sammy Saldivar was able to climb out of the driver's seat, but was not to extricate his relatives, Rick Saldivar said. "The bad thing is he said he kept hearing the kids screaming," Saldivar told television station KHOU. "That's what he's hearing in his head over and over." Police officers called to the scene on Sunday were unable to help the other family members as the van was already submerged in at least four feet of water, said Gonzalez, adding that the area between the front and back of the van was blocked by a metal mesh typical of work vans. A chaplain and the medical examiner were at the scene Wednesday, and the family had asked for privacy, police said. "Obviously, they are devastated, as we all are as well," Gonzalez said. "They're struggling with it." US media have counted approximately 30 deaths attributable to Harvey, and the death toll was expected to rise as floodwaters subside. "I'm fearful that more will be found," said Gonzalez. Police in Houston said there were 17 people reported missing and unaccounted for. COVER IMAGE: A car gets towed while men walk in the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston, Texas, on August 30, 2017. AFP/Thomas B. Shea
  17. Commuters walk through water-logged roads after heavy rains in Mumbai MUMBAI: Two toddlers were among at least six people who died after floods caused by heavy seasonal monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India?s financial capital, police said on Wednesday. Train services resumed slowly and dozens of commuters began walking to work in Mumbai, a city of 20 million people that is home to India?s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies. Some low-lying areas remained under water, causing vehicle pile-ups, after the city received nearly a month's equivalent of rainfall in a single day. Authorities ordered schools and colleges to shut following forecasts of more rain. ?There are several stranded cars and two-wheelers on the roads that we are clearing,? said traffic police official Amitesh Kumar. ?We are not expecting any major traffic jams as the machinery is geared up and the rain forecast is also not as bad.? Police said a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled late on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse. In the neighboring city of Thane, three people died after being swept away by floods, police added. Several firms made arrangements to provide food and rest areas for employees stuck in offices, while officials of temples and religious bodies offered help to those stranded on streets. Flights faced delays of up to 15 minutes, a spokeswoman for the Mumbai airport said, following several cancellations late on Tuesday. The deluge revived memories of 2005 floods that killed more than 500 people, the majority of them in shantytown slums where more than half the city?s population lives. Unabated construction on floodplains and coastal areas, as well as stormwater drains and waterways clogged by plastic garbage have made the city increasingly vulnerable to storms. In a message on social network Twitter, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered crisis-mitigation assistance to the government of Maharashtra, the western state whose capital Mumbai is. More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst floods to strike South Asia in years.
  18. Pakistan's security forces. Photo: File Security forces carried out search operations in Halka Plandara area of Mohmand Agency by acting on intelligence reports as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday. During the search operation, suicide jackets, IEDs, rockets, hand grenades, detonators and a huge amount of ammunition of various calibers and communication equipment were recovered. Meanwhile, in a search operation conducted in Orakzai Agency by Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkuwa, six suspects were apprehended and a cache of arms and ammunition, including rockets and mortars, were recovered. On Sunday, Frontier Corps Balochistan destroyed four terrorists? camps in different intelligence-based operations, according to the ISPR. Two terrorists were also killed during an exchange of fire in different areas including Kahan and Dera Bugti. In another operation, FC Balochistan (South) successfully foiled a terror attack. In the last two days, FC Balochistan (South) has busted a network of terrorists and their facilitators, according to the ISPR.
  19. Apart from a twisted cacophony of events, 'Game Of Thrones' has also given us really intense characters, who have been well realized and defined both by the book and the series. Mr. Martin has really gone inwards, in to the soul of each character and psychoanalysed their traits and the purpose of their existence. We may not be able to relate to every character on the show but we can certainly feel the intensity they bring with them on screen and make us fall in love (or not) with them each time. Do you ever assume you relate to a particular character, so much so that you think maybe you were born to fit into the exact role? If you're a true 'Game of Thrones' fan, we're sure you've been asked ‘who do you want to play' or ‘who do you think you'll be' or even pondered over who is that one character that suits your personality best. Here are six men from 'Game of Thrones' with their rich and powerful characteristics and their personalities broken down, so that you can figure out who you can relate to best. Let us know in the comments section! © HBO Tyrion Lannister – The Intellectual Charmer A tiny man, with a rather big intellect, Tyrion is a kind and intelligent man whose brain is as sharp as a tack. Being a little person, he is constantly mocked but that does not deter his confidence to be himself, one bit. He does not belittle himself or second guess himself ever and he's a staunch supporter of truth and doing the right thing. He embraces his ‘short'comings well and has a sharp tongue to give a piece of his mind to whoever dares makes fun of him. He loves his family but cannot stand sly, sluggish and evil behaviour displayed by anyone, not even his family members. He commits to a higher moral ground and sticks with his purpose, through thick and thin. Good with the ladies, he's certainly a charming personality. © HBO Jon Snow- The Benevolent Thinker John has inherently good traits and a heart of gold with boatloads of dedication. He spends a lot of time thinking of tactical ways to get what he wants without hurting anyone. If he wasn't the King In The North, we assume he'd become a fine grand maester in the future. Another great thing about his character is that he is a man of his word and always keeps his promise. His loyalty and integrity are traits every man should strive to achieve. This character doesn't sway much towards distractions when he has more important issues at hand. Ask his women! © HBO Jamie Lannister – The King of Redemption Well, his character teaches us that even though there is evil in someone it can always transcend into goodness. Jamie started off as being known as the King Slayer after he killed the mad king but through his experiences in life and after encountering a lot of hardships, he began to understand the goodness that life brings. The transformation is always slow for such people but it's beautiful. His character is all about redemption and it proves that even if a mistake is made, it doesn't necessarily define you. Through his association with other people, we realise that he has learnt to grow in the right direction and that anyone is capable of loyalty and compassion. We think his character can be relatable to most men- make as many mistakes as you want but always learn from them and become the best version of yourself. © HBO Samwell Tarly- The Wise Simpleton Samwell is an unwanted element both at his work and by his family, who ask him to leave. His character teaches us not to give up on life and use what you have best to take you where you want to go. He's not the best fighter but spends his time behind books and knowledge and is probably the only one who knows most of the unspoken secrets there are to know, through books and knowledge. He works hard on his knowledge and uses it best to help people as much as he can. His character teaches us that knowledge is power and you really don't have to be macho if you use the goodness of knowledge for a greater purpose in life. He's definitely a loyal friend to have around too and you can trust his character with your life! © HBO Ramsay Bolton- The Evil Sadist We all have a Ramsay amidst us, don't we? Well, some people don't have to be as gruesome as his character but they portray a trait which is sadistic, deriving pleasure from others misery. They don't hurt people physically, necessarily, but they play vicious mind games with others. Ramsay has no redeeming quality, so to speak, as he is Martins most evil creation. He is termed as an out and out psychopath and he gets what he wants always and never gives up. His character mostly stems from seeing brutality at a very young age and applying the same as he grows older. There is still redemption out there, for those of you who do relate to his character! If you don't seek it now then we're afraid you might just meet the same fate as him! © HBO Petyr (Littefinger) Baelish- The Conniving Mastermind Baelish is not necessarily harmful but he can get you in ways that no one has before! Shrewd, selfish and conniving he usually keeps a track of whatever is going around him and indulges in useless gossip and banter and later uses that against people. Baelish's character is good at pitting two or more people against each other and starting a full fledged war amidst them, just by using his mind. Yes, he's as comparable to the vamps you see on Hindi television series these days! Do you relate, even a little bit? Each character has a separate trait, so if you relate to even one of them, its time to let the world know!
  20. The country?s six largest sugar mills owe Rs2.65 billion to the Trading Corporation of Pakistan, the government?s trading wing, an audit report said. In a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, it was revealed that Tandlianwala Sugar Mills Limited, owned by Humayun Akhtar Khan, is the biggest defaulter and owed 1.15 billion to the government. According to the audit report, TMK Sugar Mills, owned by Mohsin Tabani, is at the second place and has defaulted by 640.74 million, followed by Abdullah Sugar Mills Limited at Rs510.64 million. Sehri Sugar Mills owed the government Rs150 million, the report said. Secretary Commerce said that the TPC has moved the court against the defaulters. The PAC has decided to write to the Economic Coordination Committee with the request to halt advance payment to the sugar mills.
  21. GUJRANWALA: Six people were killed when a dumper truck collided with a passenger van in the city?s Nokhar Mandi area on Monday. Rescue sources said around 10 people were also injured in the accident and are receiving medical aid at the District Headquarters Hospital. Police said they have arrested the driver of the dumper truck and are investigating the incident. Three weeks ago, eight people died in a van-truck collision on Hassanabdal Road in Attock. According to the police, a speeding truck crashed into a van, en route to Rawalpindi from Peshawar on the GT Road. As a result of the collision, the van crashed into a junction of gas pipelines following which it caught fire. However, rescue teams were able to douse the fire.
  22. The troops were on patrol as part of Operation Sentinel, in which the army deployed 10,000 soldiers across France to protect civilians after the attacks in Paris in January 2015. PHOTO: AFP PARIS: A car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris on Wednesday, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said. The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police described the incident as an "apparently deliberate act". France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites. An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP. In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris´s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees. In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to Daesh attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
  23. After missing the first match owing to viral fever, KL Rahul ticked all boxes when he came out to bat for India on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Looking in good touch, the right-hander slammed a brilliant fifty to give the visitors a solid start. It was Rahul's sixth consecutive fifty in Test cricket which helped him match the feat of legends Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid. Six half-centuries in a row also meant that Rahul jumped ahead of the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Navjot Singh Sidhu - who all scored five consecutive fifties in their respective Test careers. © Reuters The 25-year-old was pivotal during their home series against Australia where he smashed five consecutive half-centuries and it seems that the Indian opener has carried his splendid form to Sri Lanka now. His scores of 90, 51, 67, 60 and 51* against the visiting Australians had also played a key role in India's series win. After losing the first Test, Virat Kohli's men made a roaring come back to clinch the series 2-1. © Reuters For a man who struggled for consistency early in his Test career, Rahul has surely turned over a new leaf with a series of good performances which has made him India's most-preferred opener in the longer version of the game. While he unfortunately got run-out on 57 runs, Rahul still has a chance to etch his name in the history books when he comes out to bat in the second innings. The Indian opener will definitely be eager to equal the world record of seven consecutive fifties and join the elite list including the likes of Everton Weekes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Rogers and Andy Flower. When KL Rahul made 199 against England at Chennai in Dec 2016, he then had 4 100s & 1 fifty in Tests. Now he has 4 100s, 8 fifties!#SLvInd — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2017 KL Rahul, 3rd Indian after Dravid and Viswanath to score 6 consecutive 50's. I wonder what is common to all of them. — Manish (@paap_singer) August 3, 2017
  24. <p>The advent of Twenty20 cricket has allowed batsmen to showcase their batting prowess and cut a sorry a figure for the hapless bowlers. From the might of AB de Villiers to the artistry of Virat Kohli, the modern-day cricket has witnessed innovative techniques and powerful hitting being put to adequate use by the batsmen.</p> <p>But, in the current Indian side, no one has appeared as destructive as young Hardik Pandya. The marauding right-hander has already showcased his batting might in the limited-overs cricket before following it up with an impactful Test debut against Sri Lanka recently.</p> <p>During his blistering knock of 50 runs at Galle, Pandya clubbed three sixes and five fours becoming only the fifth Indian debutant to score a fifty batting at No. 8 or lower in the longest version of the game. He also broke the record for most number of sixes on Test debut.</p> <p>Going by his recent exploits, it was only fair for someone like Cheteshwar Pujara to believe that the Baroda boy can emulate Yuvraj Singh's feat of hitting six maximums in an over. During the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Pandya smashed Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim for three consecutive sixes before deciding not to go for it on the fourth ball.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">VIDEO: <a href="">@cheteshwar1</a> quizzes <a href="">@hardikpandya7</a> on a wide range of topics - by <a href="">@28anand</a> <a href=""></a> <a href="">#SLvIND</a> <a href="">#TeamIndia</a> <a href=""></a></p> — BCCI (@BCCI) <a href="">July 31, 2017</a> <p>During a candid exchange with Pujara, the 23-year-old spoke revealed that he plays according to the match situation and not for sixes, but didn't rule out the possibility of doing so. "Even in my short career I've hit three sixes in three balls but never went for the fourth one because the situation didn't demand. But someday when I'll have the situation where I can go all six balls, I might do it," Pandya said.</p> <p>When asked to compare himself with Pujara in terms of pulling the ball, Pandya promptly replied that it was definitely the Saurashtra batsman who does it better. "Definitely you. He (Pujara) pulls it so well that he can easily hit a ball 100 metres easily in any ground," he said.</p> <p>"I was proud of myself because I know I don't play the pull shot that well. I've not played it till now," he added.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" data-original="" alt="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" src="" />© Reuters</p> <p>The Baroda boy made an impressive Test debut. He hit an aggressive half-century in the first innings and also took a wicket off a beautiful inswinger to get read of Nuwan Pradeep. Talking about his debut game, he said that he feels pretty good and proud of his achievements.</p> <p>"It feels pretty good. As a youngster you always want to play Test cricket and eventually when you get the opportunity and you do well, it always feels good. So I'm really proud of myself," Pandya said.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" data-original="" alt="Hardik Pandya Tipped To Emulate Yuvraj's Six Sixes Record" src="" />© Reuters</p> <p>Talking about how he prepares for a Test match which is completely different from the shorter formats, where Pandya has been very successful, he said that he just changes the way he thinks as the skills one has remains the same.</p> <p>"As an international cricketer you need to be smart with the preparation you do. You need to switch from the mind according to the format. You don't change your skills much. You work on your bowling, batting and patience," said Pandya.</p> <p></p>
  25. Police stand guard at the scene of the incident/AFP HAMBURG: One person was killed and six others were injured on Friday when a failed asylum-seeker brandishing a knife attacked shoppers in a Hamburg supermarket, before being overpowered by passers-by, police and officials said. The attack had been motivated by "hate," mayor Olaf Scholz said, although he stopped short of declaring it a terrorist incident. "It makes me especially angry that the perpetrator appears to be a person who claimed protection in Germany and then turned his hate against us," he said. If confirmed as a terrorist attack, it would be the first in Germany since Tunisian Anis Amri drove a truck into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market on December 19, killing 12 and injuring 48. Police said that the man was a 26-year-old born in the United Arab Emirates, but were unable to immediately confirm his nationality or identify the motive behind the violence. News website Spiegel Online reported that the individual was named Ahmad A., who had arrived in Germany seeking asylum and had contact with the militant scene as well as a history of mental health problems and drug use. The attacker had been scheduled to be deported, but the process had been held up as he lacked identity papers, Scholz said. Police and the city-state´s interior minister are expected to offer further details about the incident at a midday (1000 GMT) news conference on Saturday. High alert Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a terrorist attack since Amri´s rampage in Berlin, for which the Daesh group claimed responsibility. Militants have also carried out a string of random assaults in European countries using knives. Like the Hamburg attacker, Amri was a failed asylum seeker who could not be deported for lack of documents. Hamburg knife attacker 26 years old, born in United Arab Emirates The attack left a 50-year-old man dead and five others injured The similarity between the two cases risks reopening barely healed wounds over Chancellor Angela Merkel´s decision to allow more than million migrants into Germany since 2015, with just two months to go until legislative elections in September. "These criminals want to poison our free society with fear, but they will not succeed," mayor Scholz said. Politicians were quick to jump on the attack, with the anti-migrant, anti-Islam and anti-European party AfD condemning the chancellor. Improvised weapons The attacker stabbed to death a 50-year-old man, believed to be a German citizen, and "struck out wildly" at others, wounding a woman and four men aged 19 to 64, police said. Another 35-year-old man was hurt while overpowering the attacker in the street alongside other passers-by shortly after the killing. "A crowd of about 30 people ran out of the supermarket. They yelled that someone had been stabbed... we saw a man go past with a big knife, like a butcher´s knife, in his hand," eyewitness Ralf Woyna told AFP. Woyna had been sitting at a cafe opposite the entrance to the shop where the chase began. "Two customers who also looked Middle Eastern took all the chairs from the cafe and ran after him. I lost sight of them for a minute? I knew it was an attack straight away," he added. An amateur mobile phone video published by news site Spiegel Online showed a handful of pursuers confronting the attacker, a bearded man wearing a t-shirt and jeans, amid dense city traffic. They can be seen hurling chairs at him to keep him at a safe distance as he yells and brandishes the knife. According to Spiegel Online, the 35-year-old man injured during the struggle was the one who finally forced the suspect to the ground, using a pole. The witnesses slightly hurt the attacker while they were overpowering him, before handing him over to police. Newspaper Bild published images of the man lying handcuffed on the ground and sitting in the back seat of a police car, a bloodied white bag pulled over his head.